- Granting Agency: Department of the Interior
- Appropriation Amount: $15,500,000
- Grant Amount: Expected number of awards 25, No match
- Announcement Date: February 2, 2022
- Closing Date: June 15, 2022
Purpose: The Office of Insular Affairs (OIA) is requesting proposals for its Energizing Insular Communities (EIC) Program which provides grant funding for sustainable energy strategies that
mitigate climate change, reduce reliance and expenditures on imported fuels, develop and utilize domestic energy sources, and improve the performance of energy infrastructure and overall
energy efficiency in the territories. All proposals must be directly and explicitly tied to updated and in-use strategic energy plans, energy action plans, or integrated resource plans.
Eligible Expenditures: EIC grant funds are not intended to supplant local funding for routine operating expenses of an insular government or organization. EIC grant funds are not intended to fund the salaries of local, existing employees though they may be utilized to provide temporary, short-term expertise from contractors or consultants to help carry out the project if approved in the proposed budget. Eligible technologies for energy supply and energy efficiency projects should incorporate commercially available technology. This may include energy from solar, wind, geothermal,
geothermal heat pumps, waste to energy, and biogas as well as energy storage, transportation and grid feasibility studies are also eligible.
Examples of projects that were awarded in previous years include: distributed solar, utility-scale solar, integrated resource planning, wind turbines, energy efficiency improvements (lighting, air
conditioning, cool rooftop, etc.), plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles and supply equipment, net metering policies, debit meters, backup battery systems, microgrids, grid stability and integration
Eligible Applicants: Eligible applicants are local government entities, independent authorities, and educational institutions located in the U.S. territories of Guam, American Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.